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Happy New Year! [Jan. 1st, 2012|04:05 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy.

Here's hoping that 2012 will be better than 2011, the economy is truly recovering, we don't end up in a war with Iran, North Korea will be all cuddles, the TSA buys us dinner first, extreme weather won't wash away half the planet...

... and the Mayans were full of it.

Happy New Year!

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[Current Location |@mobile]

Happy Holidays!

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Eat, You're So Skinny... (Noooooo!) [Nov. 25th, 2010|03:40 pm]

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Cronenberg Carob Bits... [Aug. 16th, 2010|09:54 pm]
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If You Say So... [Jul. 13th, 2010|03:20 pm]

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

This result was obtained with a novella written in my typical style.

Earlier, however, for a short story written in the form of a 19th-century letter, I got this:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

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"Lost" [May. 23rd, 2010|05:30 pm]
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* Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 10:20 PM

Yuki-Onna recently had it out with "Lost" (see her rant here). I hadn't really noticed this phenomenon with "Lost" before, but she was right: The writers love to use science fiction story-telling toys, but they don't want to follow any logic in their use nor admit that they are using these toys (but like using the toys so much they can't keep their hands off of them).

Damn straight... and I'll bet they were teenaged, chronic masturbators+, too. Watching "Star Trek" in their parents' basement.

But I digress. Do read Yuki-Onna's article.

Okay, here are my predictions on how "Lost" will end tonight.

No bets will be accepted, all precog event horizons must be closed, and I will not be held responsible. Oh, and if you don't want to know what (might) happen tonight, please do not read this, do not click the link.

Heck, maybe don't read it anyway. I believe it might burn your eyes.

+But who wasn't?

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Writer's Block: Destined for greatness [Mar. 28th, 2010|04:56 am]

Do you believe that a higher power controls our fate or that we choose our own destinies?

Yes, a higher power controls my life.  It's my cat, but she believes she's an Egyptian goddess.
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Writer's Block: Out of fashion [Mar. 15th, 2010|01:24 am]

If you could choose which fashions would go out of style permanently, what would you choose, and why?

At number one would be those frakking monstrous Crocs.  What are they, crappy plastic shoe-sandles?  Extruded wooden shoe flip-flops?

Ugg boots would pull up with a close number two.

(Hmmm, feet fashions.  How'd that happen?)

No, wait, how could I forget?  Men's neckties.  Seriously, the people who most need good blood flow to the brain (generals, politicians, stock brokers, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, fundamentalists, zombies, cops) are wearing freaking neck tourniquets!
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Writer's Block: Welcome to the mobile decade [Mar. 11th, 2010|12:41 am]

The eighties were known as the Me decade. The nineties have been called the Electronic age. So far, what would you label this decade?

I'd call this the End of Life As We Know It Decade.

Economic collapse, global warming, rising maternal and infant mortality... add your Big Bad right here.

(I think to myself... what a wonderful world... where I can login and write about it while it all comes to an end.)

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Too Cool [Feb. 19th, 2010|02:02 pm]
[Current Mood |jazzed]

So all of sudden today I noticed that four writers I know (to varying degrees -- three are LJ friends, one is an FB friend) have been nominated for awards (Stoker, Nebula, Norton).  Too cool!

Big congrats to Scott G. Browne, Catherynne M. Valente, Cherie Priest, and John Scalzi.

Very serendipitous.  Woot!
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Things You Should Never Ask a Genre Fiction Writer [Oct. 29th, 2009|01:58 am]
[Current Mood |awake]
[Current Music |Philip Glass - Mvt. I, Concerto Fantasy (from The Concerto Project Vol.I)]

  • Why do you like to write crap?
  • When are you going to write something literary and good?
  • What warped you in your childhood to make you want to write that stuff? Did you torture small animals when you were a child?
  • Why can't you write something mainstream like Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, or J.K. Rowling?
  • How long have you had this hobby?
  • When will you give up and get a real job?
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Talk Like a Pirate [Sep. 19th, 2009|09:56 am]
Arrr, happy "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!
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(no subject) [Sep. 4th, 2009|01:48 am]
No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for the next 24 hours.
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An Engineer's Guide to Cat Yodeling [Aug. 31st, 2009|06:26 pm]

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Apple Fubars Again [Aug. 27th, 2009|11:30 pm]
[Current Mood |not-amused]

Note: To avoid confusion in this blog entry, all references to "iPhone" mean "iPhone or iPod Touch."

Don't you hate leaky apps that force you reboot your iPhone to recover lost memory? Me, too. So several weeks ago I found an iPhone app on the iTunes App Store called iStat. iStat lets you monitor many parameters on your iPhone, and you also can monitor your desktop Mac with it, and you can even monitor Linux servers, too. But the main reason I bought this app was because of its feature that allows you to free up wasted memory on your iPhone when you begin to run low due to ill-behaved (memory-leaky) apps.

iStat worked very well for many weeks. Rather than needing to reboot my iPhone every couple of days to avoid crashing apps, I was able to periodically free up memory with iStat -- no worries! (I would reboot my iPhone about once-a-week, but this was probably not necessary). A great app that did exactly what I needed it to do, and more, all at a great price.

Then tonight there was an update to iStat, and behold -- the "free memory" function was gone. Poking around on the vendor's App Store page and support web pages told the story: Apple demanded that the vendor remove the "free memory" function from iStat, and demanded this of several other App Store developers with apps that also freed wasted iPhone memory!

So it would appear that, once again, Apple is meddling, making life more difficult for Apple developers and customers. Apparently they want crashing iPhones and unhappy customers. Way to go, Apple!

Listen up, Apple: Get your pinhead out of your arse. Let Trent Reznor sell his app, put the Gvoice app on the iTunes Store, give iPhone developers greater freedom. If you have to be anal about something, then be concerned about crappy apps, rip-off/do-little-or-nothing apps, apps that leak memory like a sieve, and so on. Just... stop frakking with your developers and customers. Seriously.

I'm this close to jail-breaking my damned iPhone.

Update: This link about the iStat fubar via a re-tweet from Mur Lafferty.
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Unix Cookies Today [Aug. 27th, 2009|07:16 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

"I'm a doctor, not a mechanic."
-- "The Doomsday Machine", when asked if he had heard of
the idea of a doomsday machine.

"I'm a doctor, not an escalator."
-- "Friday's Child", when asked to help the very pregnant
Ellen up a steep incline.

"I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer."
-- Devil in the Dark", when asked to patch up the Horta.

"I'm a doctor, not an engineer."
-- "Mirror, Mirror", when asked by Scotty for help in
Engineering aboard the ISS Enterprise.

"I'm a doctor, not a coalminer."
-- "The Empath", on being beneath the surface of Minara 2.

"I'm a surgeon, not a psychiatrist."
-- "City on the Edge of Forever", on Edith Keeler's remark
that Kirk talked strangely.

"I'm no magician, Spock, just an old country doctor."
-- "The Deadly Years", to Spock while trying to cure the
aging effects of the rogue comet near Gamma Hydra 4.

"What am I, a doctor or a moonshuttle conductor?"
-- "The Corbomite Maneuver", when Kirk rushed off from a
physical exam to answer the alert.
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Literal Beatles [Aug. 19th, 2009|08:11 pm]
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"Alas, Poor Michael, He Hardly Touched Ye!" [Jul. 2nd, 2009|04:04 am]
[Current Mood |Frakking overdosed on MJ news]

I have only one thing to say regarding the death of Michael Jackson.

If it turned out that MJ touched a kid in the woods (or in Neverland), would the pope give a shit?
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Someone Famous [Jun. 27th, 2009|01:20 pm]
[Current Location |@hellmouth]
[Current Mood |implody]

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The Time Traveler's Wife [Jun. 13th, 2009|04:26 pm]


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Arrgggh! Brains! [May. 4th, 2009|04:18 pm]

Zombie swine flu outbreak.

Update 5/17/09: I appears that some people retweeted this obviously fake BBC news story as "the real thing." Naturally, this led to panic, so the page was removed. Cripes I hate it when de-evolution rears its ugly head.

You can see part of the original joke story page here at TechCrunch.
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Google in the Bizarro Universe [May. 2nd, 2009|05:18 pm]

What you see when you google "find chuck norris"...
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Fun "Daria" Quote [Apr. 30th, 2009|12:39 am]
[Current Location |@hellmouth]

A blythe025 post today reminded me of my favorite "Daria" quote:

"Life sucks no matter what. Don't be fooled by location changes."
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Final Hopscotch [Apr. 27th, 2009|03:32 pm]
[Current Location |@hellmouth]

Hey, now... I know this swine flu outbreak is scary, but things will get better. Really!

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Now That's Just Wrong [Apr. 11th, 2009|09:23 pm]

Yeah... like he's got nothing better to do.

(I'll bet he doesn't even know where his kid is, or what kind of mischief he's gotten into.)
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Life After People [Apr. 8th, 2009|10:33 pm]

Because I'm such a totally positive and upbeat individual, I give you this post-apocalypse wet dream of a TV series.

The first episode airs on the History Channel on Tuesday, April 21st, at 10 p.m. io9 has a blurb about it, too, plus some links to post-apocalypse porn.
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Captain Sad... [Mar. 30th, 2009|01:48 am]
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I really hope he stops hating himself....

(Those pop-up ads don't help... had to fight the urge to keep myself from stuffing my head into a zero-g toilet.)
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Spock says "Woof!" [Mar. 27th, 2009|02:24 pm]
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Let's Dance, Mr. Spak! [Mar. 19th, 2009|05:16 am]
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Go, regale yourself with the terrible awfulness of Turkish "Star Trek":
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Book! [Mar. 14th, 2009|10:15 pm]

(Penny Arcade...)

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Super Bail-Out [Mar. 11th, 2009|01:17 pm]

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Bizarro World, Weekend Edition - 3/8/09 [Mar. 8th, 2009|12:44 pm]

This weekend's bizarro links:

A trip to the dentist

Time machine
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Haunted Tree [Mar. 5th, 2009|11:15 am]

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Nikon User Rants [Feb. 15th, 2009|12:27 pm]

That Nikon user looks suspiciously familiar....

Oh, right... isn't that Daniel, the seventh cylon? I think he's some kind of artist.

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Meme: Six-Word Memoirs [Feb. 12th, 2009|10:40 pm]
Six-word memoirs meme, Valentine Day's edtion:

Describe your love life in six words.

(Anonymous posts allowed, no screening.)
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